Sitting at home, waiting for this pandemic to get under control, and the lockdown to end can get nerve-wracking. You’ve done all the cooking, social media surfing, and binge-watched enough of TV series and movies. Now what?
If you find yourself asking these questions more often than not, here are some alternative virtual experiences that are as good as going for a live gig or a real museum tour. Just log on to the world wide web and discover the rich repository of content, stories, and characters to lose yourselves in during this time of social distancing.
Live from HQ by BookMyShowStarting March 25, 2020, online entertainment ticketing platform, BookMyShow, has started a new social media only series 'Live from HQ'. They have associated with Sabu, Kamakshi Khanna, Nikhil D'Souza and to stream live performances by musicians and comedians on Instagram and Facebook.
From Indian classical music to western classical music and even dance recitals, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai will be streaming some of their bestselling performances on YouTube till April 16, 2020.
Don’t Stop Us Now by rock band Queen The legendary British rock band with an Indian connection, thanks to Freddie Mercury, Queen, has introduced an Official Queen Resources. It covers off all sorts of Queen related channels and activities that might help you through each day; social media to interact with Queen fans around the world, features to read, podcasts to listen too, quizzes to test yourself, competitions to enter and clips to watch. The highlight are Roger Taylor's "Self-Isolation Drum Lessons" and Brian May's daily "Micro Concerts" from his living room.
#Metallica MondaysEvery Monday, the American heavy metal band, Metallica post videos of full concerts on their YouTube channel and Facebook page.
On an Instagram post, the band explained their decision: “In our nearly forty years of touring, we’ve had a few mishaps along the way: broken bones, trashed appendixes, a pyro mishap, backs thrown out, crazy weather, food poisoning (beware of the oysters!), and even one way next-level anxiety attack! None of it has ever stopped us, but this is obviously a very different time, and leaving the house now literally means taking your life in your hands. Unfortunately, in these surreal times, that means we have to stay away from each other for the foreseeable future before we can start thinking about ‘Tallica Family reunions around the world.”
Plays on television by Zee TheatreZee Theatre has curated a list of teleplays that are perfect for binge watchers. These include plays such as Agnipankh, Bagiya Bancharam Ki, Savita Damodar Paranjape, Wrong Turns, The Big Fat City, and more. You can view these plays on a platform of your choice: Dish TV Rangmanch Active and D2H, Tata Sky Theatre, Airtel Spotlight, Zee5 and Vodafone Play.
Vir Das At Home Standup comic Vir Das is doing a series of stand-up gigs from his living room over video conferencing app, Zoom. The viewing is ticketed but all proceeds will be donated to different charities including Feeding India for COVID-19 relief.
Ballets from Bolshoi Theatre, Russia
If the grace of pirouetting ballerina has always held your fancy, then the Bolshoi Theatre’s YouTube channel is going to be a treat! The Russian theatre will livestream some of its most popular opera and ballet performances, also known as the Golden Collection. A total of six performances will be livestreamed, which include renowned Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. You can watch each broadcast using YouTube’s Premiere feature. For fans who are unable to watch in real time, each performance will be available on demand for 24 hours after its initial broadcast.
James Corden-starring One Man, Two Guvnors and more from National Theatre at Home
UK’s prestigious National Theatre will be streaming some of the best British theatre, free to stream for a week. Starting from April 2, 2020, every Thursday, the theatre stream a full play for free on their official YouTube channel. The series starts with the online premiere of One Man Two Guvnors featuring James Corden and will go on to stream classics such as Jane Eyre, Treasure Island, Twelfth Night as well as Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag and more.
Digital Stage introduced by John F Kennedy Center of Performing Arts
The Kennedy Center may be closed, but its arts and education programs are still alive! Now sitting at home one can watch extraordinary performances from the Kennedy Center's stages and beyond ranging from Ballet, Comedy, Dance, Theatre, National Opera to name a few.
Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation (JNAF) on Instagram
You may not be able to step out of home but that does not mean you can experience art. Mumbai’s Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation (JNAF) is sharing pieces of art from its collection in an effort to engage their followers to share images from their lives as per theme.
They are also giving out DIY art ideas such as this one for Easter, inspired by Goan artist F N Souza.
Faces of Frida
by Google Arts & Culture
Google Arts & Culture has tied up with 33 museums across the world to create a digital exhibition of more than 200 works by the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The show also features images of Kahlo's colorful clothing as well as archival material, such as letters and journals.
Virtual tours at The Louvre
One of world’s most visited museum, The Louvre is now shut thanks to COVID-19. But since art is meant to be shared, you can log onto their website to check out the different exhibits at The Louvre in a virtual tours.
All about espionage at SPY Museum, Washington DC
The SPY museum may not be open, but you can still get-a-look into the largest collection of international espionage artifacts online, some that have never been seen by the public...until now! If you're an educator or a student, you can also access their free activities and lesson plans.
Travel across Rajasthan’s forts and palaces
Rajasthan Tourism’s official website offers extensive virtual tours across some of Rajasthan’s most celebrated and iconic forts and palaces. Whether it is the sprawling Amber Fort or the Sun Temple of Jhalawar, you can spend a full day exploring Rajasthan virtually and it still won’t be enough.
Google 360 Degrees Street View
The lockdown is perhaps the best time to explore the powers of Google. Google 360 Degrees Street View allows you to explore any destination that catches your fancy. Whether it is the national parks of America or other wild and open spaces you can visit via Google when you have cabin fever include the breathtaking falls of Parque Nacional Iguazú in Argentina, and Quttinirpaaq National Park, Canada's northernmost park.
Virtual Tour of Japan
You will need the latest version of YouTube and a VR goggles to check out this tour, but it is completely worth it. Through this 360 degree virtual reality tour created by Japan National Tourism Organization, you can visit Tokyo Tower, Fushimi Inari Taisha, Sagano Bamboo Forest Road, Shibuya and Kabuki.
Washington DC’s National Cherry Blossom Festival goes virtual
The Trust for the National Mall along with its partners, the National Park Service and The National Cherry Blossom Festival announced a new #BloomCam to allow people to virtually monitor DC’s famous budding cherry blossom trees along the Tidal Basin in real time as they bloom.
Airtel users and bibliophiles, Juggernaut Books, is offering free access to an extensive collection e-books on its app on Adroid and IOS operating systems.
Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle
Keep the kids engaged with classics from Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle. The Indian publishing house a month-long free subscription to their full comic-book archive via ACK’s mobile app.
Audiobook app Audible is offering its collection of books for children and teens for free till the Coronavirus epidemic has the world under a lockdown. The service is already live on their website and can also be heard via their mobile app. Titles include Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Herman Melville's Moby Dick, Jack London's White Fang, William Shakespeare's Hamlet, and A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh.
With inputs from RelaxNews